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White Faced Whistling Duck

White Faced Whistling Duck
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Copyright: Paul Lees (PaulLees) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 548 W: 0 N: 1647] (9004)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2011-11-26
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D90, Nikkor 55 - 300mm Zoom, UV filters
Exposure: f/8, 1/1600 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2012-02-05 20:38
Viewed: 2465
Points: 34
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note

White-Faced Whistling Duck (Dendrocygna viduata),

This species has a long grey bill, long head and longish legs. It has a white face and crown, and black rear head. The back and wings are dark brown to black, and the underparts are black, although the flanks have fine white barring. The neck is chestnut. All plumage's are similar, except that juveniles have a much less contrasted head pattern.

These ducks are among the most attractive of the different species of tree ducks. Though they belong to the family of tree ducks, these ducks rarely roost in trees. This lovely duck is named after its facial colour. They are nocturnal birds, mating and feeding at dusk and at night, and are very quiet during the day. They are the most vocal of all tree ducks, calling constantly particularly while feeding.
These ducks become flightless for 2-3 weeks between November and January, when they remain close to the water and hide. Unfortunately this flightless period takes place in the hunting season making them easy prey.

White-faced Whistling Ducks feed on seeds and other plant food.

Ducks generally feed on larvae and pupae usually found under rocks, aquatic animals, plant material, seeds, small fish, snails and crabs.


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  • pirate Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 799 W: 152 N: 1186] (7474)
  • [2012-02-05 22:19]

Hi Pauly
difficult exposure here on white feathers perfectly mastered!
maybe the bg is a bit too present but still ok

Hi Paul,
Impressive portrait for this nice duck.
Eye contact is simply fantastic and the sharrpness is excellent.
Good composition.
Thanks for sharing

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  • KOMSIS Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 820 W: 0 N: 2419] (10674)
  • [2012-02-06 0:27]

Hallo Pauly,
Fine contrast ..
Excellent portrait shot. Superb eye focus and great clarity.
Best wishes,

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  • Cobo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 236 W: 1 N: 535] (5799)
  • [2012-02-06 2:17]

Great picture wit a wonderful elaboration and control of the whites and black. Very good work. Congratulation.

Ciao Paul, great portrait of lovely duck, perfect focus on eye, fine details, splendid sharpness and wonderful colors, very well done, my friend, have a good week, ciao Silvio

Hi Paul
Great close-up of this one. Impressive sharpness, great exposure management, fine details and natural colors. Well done!
Best regards

nice exposure with good clarity and composition.

Hello Pauly

Beautiful portrait shot of this duck,
you obtained great details of the dark plumage
and the white patch of the plumage, TFS


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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2012-02-06 7:05]

Hello Pauly,
Excellent sharp detailed portrait of this White-faced Whistling Duck. Nice contrasting colours. Pleasing pose with eye contact.

Excellent portrait, nicely composed, superb detail. Good pose with eye contact.
A fine photo.
regards yiannis

hello Paul
super good light and great sharpness
the colours and composition are beautiful
thanks greeting lou

Hi Pauly,
very nice portrait.
Nice composition.
Perfect sharpness and details.
Thanks for sharing,

Hello Pauly,
Wonderful portrait captured from a good POV with nice colours and great sharp details. Well done!

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2012-02-06 11:02]

Hello Paul.
A nice portrait, excellent detail and colour, DOF is good and exposure spot-on.
Best regards Siggi

Impressive portrait Pauly! Very good composition, wonderful colours and great sharpness.

Hallo Paul,
a very beautiful close portrait of the White-Faced Whistling Duck, superb sharpness and impressive details, brilliant colours, very well done
Best regards

Hello Paul,
A Capture with extraordinary sharpness and detail of this White-faced Whistling Duck my friend!! A Portrait that excels all photographic aspects by far!!! Well done my friend.
Best regards,

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